- sensitivity and understanding
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to enjoy working with other people
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be flexible and open to change
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- knowledge of psychology
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
In this role you may:
- prepare learning materials under the supervision of the teacher
- work inside or outside the classroom with individuals or groups
- adapt support according to needs
- look after children's physical, social and emotional welfare
- create a stimulating environment
- give information and help to teachers
- keep records and attend review meetings
You could work at a pupil referral unit, at a special needs school or at a school.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
Your school will give you access to specific training, like British Sign Language and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) courses.
They may also provide training on conditions like dyslexia or autism.
With experience, you may take a course to become a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA).
With further study you could become a fully qualified special educational needs or mainstream teacher.